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Meade Brothers frontispiece for albums

Charles Meade, Henry William Matthew Meade, Henry R. Meade, Sr., Mary Ann Meade, Gearoge Washington, Louis Daguerre, Joseph-Nicephore Niepce
Meade Brothers Studio, active c. 1840 - c. 1869
Charles Richard Meade, Mar 1826 - 1858
Henry William Mathew Meade, 1822 - 1865
Henry Richard Meade, c. 1795/6 - c. 1874
Mary Ann Meade, c. 1824 - 1903
George Washington, 22 Feb 1732 - 14 Dec 1799
Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, 1787 - 1851
Claude Felix Abel Niepce de St. Victor, 1805 - 1870
c. 1862
Albumen silver print
Image/sheet: 8.5 x 5.2 cm. (3 3/8 x 2 1/16")
Mount: 10.1 x 6.1 cm.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Emerson Lyons
Object number
Mary Ann Meade: European\British\English
Henry William Mathew Meade: European\British\English
Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre: European\French
Charles Richard Meade: European\British\English
Claude Felix Abel Niepce de St. Victor: European\French
Exhibition Label
A patent for the first American photograph album was issued in May 1861, and manufacturers soon introduced a variety of albums designed to house the immensely popular cartes de visite. Intended to serve as a frontispiece to the Meade Brothers’ albums, this photograph reproduces one of Charles’s famous daguerreotypes of Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, as well as Henry’s views of Daguerre’s chateau and tomb. It also features portraits of the brothers, their father Henry, and their sister Mary Ann.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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